KARAS ARENI KHNDOGHNI 2018, 0,75lt, 13,5% alc.
KARAS ARENI KHNDOGHNI 2018, 0,75lt, 13,5% alc. winemaker: KARAS Grape varietals: 40% Areni and 60% Khndoghni Beautiful cherry red color with fuchsia tones. Green herbs initially, followed by an explosion of fresh fruit. Berry driven with a brown sugar character. Definite turmeric note. Bone dry with juicy sweet fruit on the palate. Low tannin and high acidity. Mineral, well balanced and silky. On the nose—plums, licorice, blueberries. Outstanding. The acidity and structure are contributed by the Areni variety while the dark fruit flavours are delivered by the Khndoghni.
The grapes are hand-harvested into 20 kg boxes and transported to the winery for table selection. The selected grapes are cold-macerated for 5 days prior to a 25-day alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in tanks. There is no oak in order to appreciate the unicity of the fruit. Soil: Stony, heavy soil of volcanic origin. Climate / Continental highlands climate with hot summers and cold dry winters. ARENI is possibly the most ancient grape varietal in the World. As this article on National Geographic illustrates (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/110111-oldest-wine-press-making-winery-armenia-science-ucla), archaeologists uncovered a wine production site that is 6100 years old near the village of Areni in Armenia, a village after which the grape os named. The grape Areni became known to the wider public only after a varietal Areni wine was nominated as one of the “Top 10 wines of 2012” by Bloomberg, who sampled more than 4,000 wines from around the world before reaching their decision. KHNDOGHNI stands for “smiling” in Armenian. Despite the fact that this grape variety is mainly found in Nagorno-Karabakh, the grape can now also be found in parts of Armenia and in Uzbekistan. KARAS Wines is an organic and sustainable Armenian winery producing world-class vintages from their own vineyards in Armavir, under the eternal gaze of Mount Ararat. The soil characteristics are mainly volcanic and the rich loam also contains a stony texture ideally suited for the production of highly concentrated wines. The Karas estate is owned by Armenian-Argentine billionaire Eduardo Eurnekian, who has a net worth of $1.9 billion, with his niece Juliana Del Aguila who hired Bordeaux-based oenologist Michel Rolland as a consultant winemaker and Gabriel Rogel from Argentina as the chief winemaker.
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